A Lasting Romanian-U.S. Philosophy and Religions Studies Project 

On November 26th the Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (www.JSRI.ro) held its annual International Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding contributions to the journal during 2014. JSRI was founded in 2002 by Drs. Sandu and Mihaela Frunza of Babeș-Bolyai University and a Fulbright scholar, Michael S. Jones, who was teaching and researching at Babeș-Bolyai. Since that time the journal has flourished and is now ranked as the top journal in Eastern Europe in the fields of philosophy and religions studies (http://sciri.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/clasamente-si-statistici-pentru-journal-for-the-study-of-religions-and-ideologies-si-un-nou-numar/). In 2007-08 Dr. Sandu Frunza was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Elie Wiesel Institute for Judaic Studies, Boston University. Dr. Jones, who is now associate professor of philosophy and theology at Liberty University, is currently a visiting Fulbright scholar at the University of Bucharest. He joined the Frunzas and their team in Cluj for the awards ceremony and also spoke to Dr. Mihaela Frunza’s ethics class on teaching ethics in a religiously-oriented American university.

Inauguration of the Accessibility Corner for Students with Visual Disabilities

The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and EducationUSA are pleased to announce the inauguration of the Accessibility Corner for students with visual disabilities. The dedication ceremony took place on December 2nd at the FEAC/EducationUSA Center, which was the recipient of a grant from the U.S. Embassy designed to facilitate public access to a wide range of educational resources and advising services. Ms. Patricia Pittarelli, Division Chief of the Disability/Reasonable Accommodation Division in the Department of State, Ms. Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano, jewelry designer and author, and Ms. Marjorie Stern, U.S. Cultural Attaché and main supporter of the Accessibility Corner project, participated in a short inauguration event which highlighted the need for further collaboration to ensure the availability and accessibility of educational resources.

Read more: Inauguration of the Accessibility Corner for Students with Visual Disabilities

News on Ioana Turcan’s Recent Achievements in the Field of Film

Ioana Turcan is a first year MFA candidate at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, NY, where she attends a graduate program in Film Studies as a Fulbright Student grantee. During her BA studies at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj, Ioana had filmed a short fiction named Tempo which she finalized this past semester while studying in the USA. Tempo was selected for the International Student Film Festival FFeST in Cluj Napoca as well as for Imphal International Short Film Festival in India. In addition, Ioana’s short film entitled Crafted, made entirely at Syracuse University, competed for the same festival in Cluj Napoca, in the experimental section.
Read more: News on Ioana Turcan’s Recent Achievements in the Field of Film

New Literary Project by Professor and Fulbright Alumnus Timothy Kenny

Professor Timothy Kenny’s current project is a book planned to come out in May 2015. In his own words, “FAR COUNTRY/Stories from Abroad and Other Complicated Places is a compilation of short, nonfiction stories, most of which have been published elsewhere, in small 'literary magazines' with low circulation”. We are happy to learn that the book will open with a story about Romania.
A strong supporter of the Fulbright program, Timothy Kenny was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Romania back in 1991-1992. He returned as a U.S. Fulbright Specialist in 2005 to resume teaching at the University of Bucharest, the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies (FJSC). In 1992, together with eight Romanian Journalism majors, he produced the first student newspaper at FJSC.
We are looking forward to Professor Kenny’s book and wish him good luck with his ongoing project!

 U.S. Alumni Fair in Bucharest

On Friday, November 21st, during the International Education Week, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, together with EducationUSA, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest and “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture, organized the U.S. Alumni Fair, a unique event, held for the first time ever in Romania.  

24 alumni of various American universities – members of the U.S. embassy staff and Fulbright grantees – came together as representatives of their alma maters and spoke to over 400 visitors, acting as their guides on an exploration of the American college experience. During the 3-hour event, the high school and college students visiting the fair, together with their teachers and parents, had the opportunity to interact with the American alumni and to get more information on the free-of-charge services and resources offered by the Fulbright Educational Advising Center and the EducationUSA network.

Read more: U.S. Alumni Fair in Bucharest

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